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The Mercury Cinema announces Summer Screening Program

Summer Screening Program: 14 January – 14 February 2011

Flickerfest National Tour:  12-13 February 2011

The Mercury Cinema – 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide

Tickets: Call 8410 1934 with credit card handy. Tix $15/$12, Season Pass $80.

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 The Mercury Cinema, Adelaide’s home of cutting edge screen culture, is delighted to announce their not-to-be missed summer screening program, running from 14 January – 14 February 2011. This program will feature the best independent films and documentaries from the last year, many of which will be having their Adelaide premieres. The Mercury will also play host to the Adelaide leg of the Flickerfest National Tour, Australia’s leading competitive short film festival, on 12 – 13 February.

 The Mercury summer program will peer behind the curtain of creativity, exploring the lives of actors, comedians, artists and musicians who have pushed the boundaries of their fields. The program includes a documentary feature on outspoken comedian Bill Hicks, American: the Bill Hicks Story; a look at the myths and legends surrounding cult artists and graffiti icons Basquiat and Banksy with Basquiat: the Radiant Child and Exit Through the Gift Shop; modern fairy tale Desert Flower, charting the transition from African nomad to International supermodel and based on the autobiography by Waris Dirie; a year with Lil Wayne The Carter, an illuminating look at a rap icon as polarizing as he is potent; both backstage and in the front row for a David Byrne concert in Ride Rise Roar;  Andy Serkis as the legendary Ian Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll; a feature documentary on The Doors narrated by Johnny Depp, When You’re Strange;  and William Burroughs: A Man Within, a tender portrait of the Beat author whose work spawned vibrant countercultural movements and reconfigured 20th century culture.

 Complementing these real life portraits will be a dramatic feature film program exploring loss (The Messenger, featuring Ben Foster’s tour de force performance as an army officer assigned to bear bad news to relatives of fallen soldiers); ghosts (Italian feature The Double Hour); cannibals (We Are What We Are, from Mexico, who will provide fresh meat for the family when the father of a cannibal clan dies?); primal fear (Primal, the blacker than black horror film by Australian director Josh Reed); treachery (South Korea’s The Housemaid) and the goings on of an evil, sentient car tyre that manifests its anger by using psychokinetic power to explode people’s heads. Yes, you read that right – don’t miss Rubber by French director Quentin Dupleux, following screenings at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Critics Circle and the Melbourne International Film Festival. Plus Todd Solondz is back reprising the characters from his cult classic Happiness in Life During Wartime, once again tackling the issues no one else will touch with his customary curiosity and verve.

 Flickerfest 2011 is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and will cement its reputation for screening the best new storytelling from Australia and around the world, with 100 short films handpicked from a massive 1790 entries.

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